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Part I of Part II: Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) A number of statistical tests, models, and methods aren’t really distinct from research designs. The most frequently used research design across the sciences involves: 1) Formulating a “testable” hypothesis (e.g., … Continue reading

Posted in Statistics, The Language of Science: Why most scientists don't speak it, The Scientific Method
Tagged Multivariate Statistics, NHST, Null Hypothesis Significance Testing, Resarch Methods, Research Methodology, Research Process, Scientific Method, scientific methods, scientific research, Social Sciences, statistics
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Have you ever been asked to fill out a survey that included some statement (e.g., “I experience back pain”, “I have difficulty concentrating”, “I write blogs nobody in their right mind would read”, etc.) and an “ordered” set of responses … Continue reading

My last post was a recommendation for a book. For the tiny minority of the vast population of those who follow this blog, I am providing another, easier source to understand a statistical methodology used in medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, … Continue reading

I have occasionally reviewed research here (shocking, I know, given this blog’s title), but seldom recommended anybody actually buy any. All that is about to change in this edge-of-your-seat suspenseful thriller story of love, lost, and learning (without the first … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, Statistics, The Language of Science: Why most scientists don't speak it, The Scientific Method
Tagged experimental design, Hypothesis Testing, Multivariate Statistics, Null Hypothesis Significance Testing, Popular Science, Research Methods, science, Scientific Method, scientific research, Significance Testing, statistics, Study Design
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Boston College is a great university. So why do we find the graduate level multivariate statistics course Sociology 703 using, as “the” required text , the textbook Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing Research? Because sociologists are so akin to … Continue reading

We all know that in science a hypothesis is…nothing like what most people understand. In computational sciences, machine learning, etc., one develops an algorithm to test a thousand or more hypotheses to get a program to recognize the letter “a” … Continue reading

Mathematics is the language of the sciences. 1 It is a tool essential to research across all fields and is intricately bound to modern physics that in some fields (e.g., quantum mechanics) it is difficult to separate the mathematical framework … Continue reading